Posted on January 15th, 2018 - Fiona
Just in the middle of the winter cold snap comes a delightful new story book for little ones to cuddle up and read at night. We love the new book Erik the Lone Wolf by Sarah Finan brought to you by our book friends Quarto Kids.
But Wolves stay in packs
Erik the lone Wolf is a clever tale of a growing wolf cub that feels crowded out by the rules of the pack. He is tired of being told what to do, told what he isn’t allowed to do and feeling trapped by those who care about him. So one day he takes matters into his own hands and sneaks off away from the pack to “Go it alone” and find unrestricted adventure.
Because Family Matters
However life isn’t necessary all plain sailing – or skiing in Erik’s case! Erik soon finds he is in need of his pack and going it alone isn’t all he envisaged. This charming read is perfectly set out with just a few words per page and plenty of captivating illustrations to keep little ones enthralled. Underlying the adventure is an endearing motto of family loyalty and trust. We feel this is a perfect reassuring message for any youngster.
Need to Know
||3 – 6 years
||Approx 300mm * 244 mm
||Quarto online, Amazon
Win your Copy of Erik the Lone Wolf with Quarto and Coombe Mill
If this story is one that your little one would enjoy snuggling up with this winter why not enter to win a copy here; simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
Erik the Lone Wolf
We were sent our copy of Erik the Lone Wolf for the purpose of this review. Our copy can be borrowed from the Coombe Mill book shelves for use on holiday. All thoughts and opinions on the book expressed here are my own.
Posted on December 18th, 2017 - Fiona
Here at Coombe Mill we do love a book that is easy to follow, captures kids’ imaginations and has a good morale to it. When I heard that Nicola J. Rowley has a new book out I knew instantly it would be one we would enjoy. Following on from her success with James and the Amazing Gift, James and the Birthday Balloon sees the lovable James out on a new adventure to make everyone around him smile. For your chance to win this delightful book and put a smile on your child’s face read on.
James is off to his best friend’s birthday party and the day is full of excitement and happiness, until the birthday girl, James’s best friend Ruby, has a fall. With a friend like James even a trip to hospital can end in the whole hospital smiling.
What we thought
The story is every bit as touching as I have come to expect from Nicola and beautifully illustrated. It only takes a few minutes to read cover to cover making it an excellent uplifting bedtime story. I was especially happy to see that James’s friend Ruby lived on a farm; this will make it very popular and relevant for our holiday guests.
As with the last book my only reservation is that for £7.99 I’d like to have seen this as a hard back and bigger to maximise the impact of the beautiful illustrations and keep the condition of the book for longer for reading over and over again. That said there are a couple of extra’s in the price we love:
A little Extra
Nicola lives in Surrey and likes to support local charities. For every copy sold a donation is made to the Evelina London Children’s Hospital which provides care and life saving treatment for children in south London and beyond.
In addition there is a QR code to scan on your mobile at the end of the book to give you a free audio book of James and the Birthday Balloon read by every child’s TV hero Dr Ranj.
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James and the Birthday Balloon
We were sent our copy of the book for the purpose of this review, however all thoughts and opinions here are my own.
Posted on December 11th, 2017 - Fiona
The first ever TV series of Ronja: The Robber’s daughter is just out on DVD and Blu Ray. A real Christmas must watch for all the family, this wonderful story will have everyone on the edge of their seat as the gripping adventure and heart melting friendships unfold. You can get yourself a copy right now from STUDIOCANAL or if you are feeling lucky why not enter to win a copy for you and the family here with Coombe Mill.
The story line for Ronja the Robbers Daughter
Ronja is a ten-year-old girl who is born on a stormy night in a mountain fort surrounded by her parents and a loving band of robbers. Not your usual start in life but one certain to lead to adventure.
Ronja grows to be strong and capable. She discovers the forest around her is both beautiful and frightening in equal measure as well as being a place inhabited by strange creatures. She makes friends with the son of her father’s rival and this is the start of the drama of her budding friendship and family loyalties.
Need to Know Pointers for Ronja the Robber’s Daughter
||26 episodes on 4 discs
||10 hrs 51 mins
||Interview with Goro Miyazaki (Director)
||the novel by Astrid Lindgren (also wrote Pippi Longstocking)
||features Gillian Anderson
||£32.99 Blue Ray, £24.99 DVD
||Blu Ray and DVD
Win your copy of Ronja The Robbers Daughter on DVD with STUDIOCANAL and Coombe Mill
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Ronja the Robber’s Daughter
I will be receiving a copy of the discs for the Coombe Mill Library for our holiday guests to enjoy in return for creating this giveaway opportunity.
Posted on December 4th, 2017 - Fiona
Children are naturally inquisitive about the world we live in. Science, geography, maths, art and history house some amazing subject that leave kids asking why. Sometimes explaining how rainforests work, what makes the earth go round or how life was for the Vikings can be a challenge. Trust Quarto Kids to come to the rescue with a whole series of books aimed at inquisitive older kids with a thirst for knowledge on interesting topics. Kids’ 30 second books are packed with fascinating facts and bite size summaries on all the most popular topics delivered in a pacey informative style. If you have a child with a thirst for knowledge there is bound to be a book in the collection to suit. Read on to find out more and be in with chance of winning 3 books of your choice from the range.
About 30 second books
Each book is filled with a 30 second readable fast fact section on each page, complimented with mini challenges and 1 sentence summaries. The graphics and illustrations are fun and colourful and remind me of the perfect revision tool for learning for exams, but on a junior scale. As a parent you will be impressed with the content and delivery, as a child you’ll be fascinated by the explanations and easy referencing. These books really deliver on every level and would make a wonderful collection. Priced at just £7.99 each it is an affordable purchase too. I’d say they are perfect for children age 7 to 11.
Need to know
96 quality gloss pages per book
||Ivy Kids – part of the Quarto Group
||£7.99 per book
||Quarto Online, Waterstones, Amazon
||180mm x 230mm (7.087in x 9.055in)
Win any 3 books from the 30 second book series from Quarto with Coombe Mill
If you fancy kick starting your child’s bite sized topic collection with any 3 books in the series why not enter to win. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
30 second books from Quarto
We were sent 4 books from the range for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. You can find the Coombe Mill copies in the games room bookshelves to borrow on holiday with us.
Posted on November 27th, 2017 - Fiona
A loveable family animation to enjoy at home from Studio Canal and nWave pictures is now available on DVD and digital download. The Son of Bigfoot is set to be a family favourite this Christmas time and the good news is you can order it right now. To celebrate, we’re giving away a copy of The Son of Bigfoot on DVD in an amazing family bundle with The House of Magic, A Turtle’s Tale & Robinson Crusoe. If you fancy finding out more about the new Bigfoot release and winning yourself this awesome bundle then read on.
A taste of what’s in store in The Son of Bigfoot
Follow the young teenager, Adam, as he sets out to discover the mystery of his long lost Dad who turns out to be no other than Big Foot himself. The newly acquainted Father and son start making up for lost time together and Adam soon finds out his has inherited some of his father’s magical powers. Just as well as they will both need to use all their superpowers as they are challenged by HairCo, the organisation chasing Bigfoot and unknowingly helped along by Adam.
Follow Father and Son on their adventure, let yourself be swept up in the story and clever animation designed to keep the whole family on the edge of their seat.
Need to know facts for Son of Bigfoot on DVD
||20th November 2017
Win your family DVD bundle featuring The Son of Bigfoot DVD
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4 DVD bundle from StudioCanal
I have not seen a copy of the films myself or been paid to write this post but the giveaway is provided for Coombe Mill blog readers with thanks to StudioCanal.
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